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Logo. How to Network Your Way to Your Dream Job. Wednesday, March 16th 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT. YOUR HOST: Randle Browning, Skillcrush. host. Any questions for Kelly? Chat them below!
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Pitching the media? Then don't send an email that looks like this: "I really like your articles and since you wrote about female founders, I think you’ll be interested in this story idea! I’m a former X turned tech entrepreneur and I have an app. Interested in a story?"

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On Tuesday morning, I was seated in front of 10 startup founders (participants in the Canadian Consulate’s Tech Accelera…
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Dannie Hetz is out to empower top, independent professionals. Her startup TOPRO is a crowdsourced platform bringing the best professionals in our personal lives (Personal Trainer, Babysitter and Hairstylist) the visibility their talent deserves. Read more about TOPRO and Dannie in the latest Innovator Insights.
Name: Dannie Hetz Title: Founder & CEO of TOPRO Twitter: @danniehd. Dannie Hetz is out to empower top, independent professionals. Her startup TOPRO is a crowdsourced platform bringing the best professionals in our personal lives (Personal Trainer, Babysitter and Hairstylist) the visibility their ...
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The most commonly held misconception about startups is all entrepreneurs are tech bros wandering around in hoodies, but the truth is that entrepreneurship spans age, class, race, and gender. One of the fastest growing segments for entrepreneurship is black women, for example. Not everyone is a Zuck. - Kiki Schirr, Founder of Valley Girl Magazine
In this third post in a series, five young entrepreneurs chime in on how they manage the daily stress and what they think is the biggest misconception about entrepreneurship.
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"I see The Refinery's success in Connecticut and Babson's recent launch of WINlab in Miami reinforcing the trend that support for women entrepreneurs is growing in cities across the United States. These cities have leaders in the corporate world and in local government who finally realize that supporting women-led businesses creates clear economic benefits. It's an exciting time to see this progress, and we still have a lot of work to do to make sure these businesses receive funding so they can grow and create more jobs over time." - Samaya Consulting's Stephanie Goodell
Wondering how to meet the elusive female investor for your early-stage venture? In this third post in an ongoing series highlighting resources for women interested in investing and entrepreneurs seeking women investors, additional resources stretching from San Diego to the Middle East.
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Melissa Gonzalez says her foray into publishing made her a leading voice in the niche-but-booming industry of pop-up marketing, establishing a small, temporary storefront to attract lots of retail foot traffic. It was a single thought that led her to publish her book, “The Pop-Up Paradigm: How Brands Build Human Connections In A Digital Age.”
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You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we're all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it's going to be over, and you better make this count.--Nancy Reagan
A job with no job description and the opportunity to make something big of the role, - sounds like a dream job with a startup, right? Nope, it's the role of First Lady and boy, do these first ladies provide inspiration for anyone embarking on a career without a perfectly defined roadmap.
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Sophie Wolfe is Head of Social Impact for one of the fastest growing companies in the world - it's her "gap year" job before she heads to graduate school to earn a master's degree in social work (Sophie studied clinical psychology and child development). Read more about Sophie on Inc.
Online mattress retailer Leesa launched with social impact initiative as disruptive to the industry as its mattresses - and then handed responsibility for the program to a college grad.
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As a follow-on to "Seeking A Female Investor? Start By Doing Your Research" (on Inc's website) here are additional resources you should be aware of whether you're a future angel investor or tenacious entrepreneur.
Wondering how to meet the elusive female investor for your early-stage venture? In this second post in an ongoing series highlighting resources for women interested in investing and entrepreneurs seeking women investors, five more initiatives to be aware of and four common mistakes to avoid.
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So how do you get a mentor? Be a great mentee. Know what you’re trying to achieve and the specific advice you need to reach your goals. This week's Innovator Insights newsletter has Kelly's musings on mentoring + information on #mentHERnyc + a Mother's Day special from Ghurka that you'll want for yourself.
The Get Mentored Edition. If you've been successful, been promoted, raised funding – chances are you've had a mentor. So how do you get a mentor? Be a great mentee. Know what you're trying to achieve and the specific advice you need to reach your goals. Understand that a mentor is a ...
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My biggest takeaway not surprisingly relates to funding! I know now that an angel investor or family office funding route is definitely the best for me since I am looking to build this business into a company with very long-term audacious goals, so I need a team of investors who see that vision as well. - Catherine Cassidy, Founder Ustyled
A big-name investor and impressive speaker lineup are not the only reasons WE Festival attracts the best women entrepreneurs and female-founded startups to its annual event in New York City.
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Fear of nothing to say? Just Listen. You can participate in cocktail banter by actively listening and chiming in with a few questions.
Everyone experiences bouts of networking anxiety! Rather than avoiding a handshake or resorting to only interacting with your smartphone when you're at a conference, use these 8 tips to face your networking fears head-on.
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Kelly Hoey is the author of the forthcoming book "Build Your Dream Network" to be released January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee
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  • “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” – Forbes 
  • “25 Smartest Women On Twitter” – Fast Company
  • “100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter” – Business Insider
  • “20 Awesome People In The New York Tech Scene You Need To Know About” – AlleyWatch
  •  “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide” – EBW2020

Connections and opportunity explain how Kelly Hoey has become an investor in emerging tech companies and sought-out speaker. She’s a networking expert and the author of the forthcoming book Build Your Dream Network to be released in January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee. “Stop committing random acts of networking” is her frequent (and favorite) advice. 

Kelly is an Inc.com columnist, blogs for MyTurnstone.com and appears regularly as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch. She is sought out for her unique perspective into networking and community building, addressing members of the European Commission and audiences at SXSW, IEEE Women in Leadership, 2014 & 2015 PGA Championships, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Women In The Boardroom, Bank of America, Disruptors (Dublin), MoDev, MINC (Malmo), ArabNet (Beirut), ATECH (Aruba), Tech Venture Conference, TiECon (Ottawa) and Women in Tech Summit (Philadelphia and Baltimore), amongst others.  Kelly’s social media influence has been sought out by for projects with companies such as The New Yorker, HSBC, Coca-Cola, ECCO, P&G, PBS, L’Oreal, Clinique and New York Life. A skilled moderator, she has guided conversations with leaders in technology, investment and innovation as part of Apple’s in-store Meet The Innovator and Meet The Author speaker series.

Kelly’s motto is “invest in the change you want to see in the world.” She is an acknowledged leader in the startup community for actively investing in women. In 2011, Kelly co-founded the first startup accelerator focused exclusively on fast-tracking the growth of early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams. Kelly continues to advise emerging technology companies and actively mentors startups through selected accelerator programs in New York City. Kelly is the Chief Technology Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Geek Girls Club and mentors on millennial career platform, Levo.

Previously, Kelly was immersed in the professional services world, initially as a corporate attorney, and then in management, leading the development of a global law firm’s alumni, professional development and women’s initiatives. In 2009, Kelly became the first president of the women’s business networking group 85 Broads.

To hire Kelly as a speaker for your event, off-site or conference, contact Melissa Broadway melissa@thebrightagencygroup.com